It is with extreme heartbreak and pain that I inform the Whitestone Academy family that my dear mother and the founder of the school passed away this Sunday. Mrs. O, as she was called, started the school over 40 years ago. She wanted a place for all students to feel at home. Her simple philosophy was that every student was her child and anything that child needed she would supply. Whether it was money for lunch, a place to feel safe, or a place where someone that was a little different felt secure, she could–and would–provide it for them. No students’ concerns were too big or too small. Everyone was treated with tender loving care and a little bit of discipline. I know that through the Whitestone Academy she touched the hearts of thousands of people. Her work at school and her memory will never be forgotten. I cannot begin to tell you how many people still come by, or stop me on the street, and tell me stories of how Mrs. O helped them or gave them the chance that they so desperately needed. These are the current doctors, lawyers, firemen, police, and people in every aspect of society that help us all. They never would be where they are today without the help and kindness of Mrs. O.
To honor Mrs. O’s passing the school will be closed for her funeral mass. For anyone that would like to attend, the mass is at St. Andrew Avellinos church on Thursday, January 13, at 10:00 AM.
Choosing the right school can be a complicated process. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all education, and I hope you approach this decision thinking, “I need to find a community where I will be asked to be myself and celebrated for taking risks.” I’d like to introduce you to The Whitestone Academy.
Whitestone Academy is a campus where every student, teacher, and staff member know everyone else. Here, you will be understood and appreciated—in class and beyond, not just as a student, but as a complete person. As you move through your personal journey here, you will be surrounded by mentors, guides, and friends. You will be part of a school community that will become your family.
The Whitestone Academy family like any other family is made up individuals each having their owns goals and their own journey. Their success whether it may mean attending a university, military service, trade school or employment is our success.
It is our mission to not only instill knowledge in our students but to help them learn self-responsibility, to be their own advocates by communicating with teachers and staff, to be confident and comfortable to ask for help when they are struggling or confused.
Whitestone Academy strives to build a community where a student is as comfortable speaking to the staff as their fellow classmates. Our school is a global one. At the Whitestone Academy, diversity is illustrated by cultures, ideas, beliefs, life experiences, and innumerable other variables. Our family becomes more dynamic with every student who chooses to make Whitestone Academy their home.
I look forward to meeting you on campus soon and can’t wait to work with you throughout the application process.
Francis Ottaviano, Principal
We would love to have our prospective students visit our private school which includes middle and high school as well as ESL High School Courses.
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